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The Monks Retreat, Reading Central, Reading

Pub added by elizabeth mcgraw
163 Friar Street
Reading
RG1 1HE
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Graham Coombs left this review about The Monks Retreat

Large split level pub with two bars - the lower one is not always open. Still feels like a Wetherspoon's, but it has now received the full Stonegate treatment of TVs and speakers throughout the pub, but retaining a good range of beers (and food) at reasonable prices and those sampled were in good nick. Definitely improving.

On 22nd January 2018 - rating: 8
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Quinno _ left this review about The Monks Retreat

Has just re-opened after a thorough refurb.

April 2017
Now owned and re-opened by Stonegate. Almost no change at all inside and the only reason you know it is no longer a Spoons is that it's less busy! Three or four guest ales on and my Liberation the other day was excellent.

September 2016
Up for sale and the beer lately has been low in choice and quality. Seems to be seeing out its last days.

October 2015
The awned exterior is usually thronged by smokers, who as noted below are quite harmless. The interior décor follows the usual Spoons mid-90's format, although with this one you get the novelty of two bars - one to the left as you enter and another (larger) bar up the steps and to the right which both stock different ales, so worth having a walk round first (though usually the lower has the more bog-standard offerings). Ale quality varies depending on the management in place. Downsides are that the toilets are often ropey and that the rear of the pub is a mobile phone blackspot, so don't arrange to meet friends there.

On 25th August 2017 - no rating submitted
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Moby Duck left this review about The Monks Retreat (JD Wetherspoon)

Due to cease trading as a JDW on 27/11/16,re-opening under the ownership of the Stonegate Pub Company on the evening of 2/12/16.

On 26th November 2016 - no rating submitted
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Reading 2014 by Quinno _
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Map location corrected by Quinno _
Reading, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Reading, 0.33 miles, 6 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Monks Retreat, Reading
22nd Jan 2018, 18:21
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22nd Jan 2018, 09:06
Review submitted by Graham Coombs

Pub Details

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  • Accommodation : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Bar Billiards : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Festivals : Yes last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Beer Garden : Yes - A few pavement tables - last updated 22 January 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • CAMRA Discount : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Car Park : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Darts : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Dog Friendly : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Function Room : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Jukebox : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Karaoke : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live Music : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 22 January 2018 by Graham Coombs
  • Micropub : No last updated 22 September 2015 by Quinno _
  • Pinball : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Pool Table : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Quiz Night : No last updated 29 July 2013 by Quinno _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • Wheelchair Access : No last updated 30 September 2013 by Quinno _
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 07 May 2014 by Quinno _
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